|His military records are necessarily brief due to his short time in service but they do state that he was promoted corporal
on the same day he enlisted so perhaps he held a similar of higher rank while with the volunteers. He also spent just 33
days in home service prior to embarking for South Africa. He was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the
clasps “Cape Colony”, “Orange Free State” and “Transvaal”. He may have been present at Stormberg (10 December
1889) and Nooitgedacht (13 December 1900) but there is nothing in his records that imply that was amongst the many
2/Northumberlands who were taken prisoner by the Boers in those two ill-fated engagements.
After discharge Robinson returned to the family home and was still single and residing with his parents at 14 Oxnam
Crescent Newcastle upon Tyne in 1911. He was listed as working as a house furnisher.
The top cover bears an one penny Orange Free State stamp that had been overprinted with the VRI monogram for use
by imperial forces in the field since at this time no official postages stamps were available for use. The shortage of
stamps is again evident on the second cover which bears no stamp at all but is franked with the statement “Active
Service No Stamp Available” in the lower left corner.
The Matthew Crinkley that these two items were addressed to resided in Monkseaton with his wife and family seems to
have been a maternal uncle or cousin of Corporal Robinson.
4 3/4 Inches wide by 3 1/8 Inches High
(12cm x 9.3cm)
British Field Post Office (Orange Free State) South Africa